Wearable Sensors to Predict COVID-19 Infections in US Military Hospitals

By: | May 15th, 2020

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Countries worldwide are struggling to fight with COVID-19. According to experts the best way to control coronavirus pandemic is comprehensive testing, identifying infected persons and make sure they don’t come into contact with others.

To achieve this, pentagon is investing in development of wearable detection technologies that identify who’s infected with COVID-19 — and who’s likely to catch it.

These sensors will be provided to military hospitals in the US and sites across Southeast Asia. This project is being led by physIQ, a healthtech firm that previously used analytics to monitor Ebola patients.

PhysIQ founder Gary Conkright, said, “The second wave [of the pandemic] is going to come this fall. I’m already hearing people talk about, ‘How do I bring my employees back?’”

“We think we’re working on a solution to that.”

The project intends to monitor COVID-19‘s progression. The company plans to track thousands of people exposed to the virus. 

How physIQ technology works:

Every patient has to attach an electronic sensor to his/her chest or wrist. The sensors measure vital signs in infected patients. This data is continuously relayed back to physIQ. Self-described “artificial intelligence systems” then make out changes in the body and likely indicators of infection.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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